Scholastic has snapped up world English rights in two “compelling Middle Grade whodunits” featuring a boy struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Scholastic’s Lauren Fortune (UK) and Nick Eliopulos (US) bought débutant Lisa Thompson’s The Goldfish Boy, and a second title by the writer, from Adam Gauntlett at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop.
The novel features 13-year-old Matthew, who suffers from severe OCD which renders him a virtual recluse. To pass the time, he observes his neighbours from his bedroom window—and he turns detective when the boy next door goes missing.
Fortune said: “The Goldfish Boy is that rarest of books: a page-turning, utterly compulsive mystery with outstanding characters and true heart. We set great store by the in-house enthusiasm a story generates—and this book had our offices on both sides of the Atlantic buzzing. Lisa [pictured] is an exciting new voice in children’s fiction and Nick and I couldn’t be happier to be publishing her.”
The Goldfish Boy will be published in the UK, the US and Canada in early 2017.